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Enjoy the Wildlife

Point Labatt is a must-see location for visitors to the region. From an elevated viewing platform, Australian Sea Lions, New Zealand Fur Seals, and a variety of shorebirds may be observed in a spectacular setting.

Baird Bay supports an internationally-renowned nature-based ecotourism activity, "Swim with Sea Lions and dolphins" conducted by Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience, a new visitor centre and accommodation facility, and a small Baird Bay Campground. There are a number of private shacks at the settlement, and boating, marine charters, fishing, bird watching and canoeing within Baird Bay are popular activities conducted by residents and visitors.

Whale Sightings

Please report all whale sightings in the area to the nearest Park Ranger Office. Until the new Ranger Office is established in Streaky Bay, this will be the Port Lincoln Office.

Injured or distressed wildlife

Please call Fauna Rescue SA (+61 08 22890896) Please report any abuse of wildlife to the Ranger Office as soon as possible.

Avoid disturbing Sea Lion colonies

The breeding colonies for the Australian Sea Lion located at Olive Island, Nicholas Baudin Island, Point Labatt and Jones Island should not be accessed by visitors on foot or approached by boat. Such approaches are illegal, unless they are part of an officially-approved tour, survey or scientific study for which approvals have been granted.

If you have a dog it is best to keep it restrained around wildlife, rather than being allowed to run across the rocks where Australian Sea Lions haul-out to rest.

There are many locations in the Chain of Bays which provide ideal opportunities for viewing shorebirds and waterbirds. Visitors can walk long distances on isolated beaches at Corvisart Bay and Sceale Bay viewing shorebirds, and there are numerous wetlands in the Chain of Bays region where migratory waterbirds may be observed. You may be fortunate enough to spot Osprey and White-bellied Sea Eagles as the soar along the coast in search of fish.

Avoid disturbing coastal raptors

Coastal raptors nest in some remote cliff top locations along the Chain of Bays coastline. Visitors should avoid disturbing nest sites and no approaches should be made to nesting areas.

These birds are particularly sensitive to approaches being made from above the nest and during the breeding season especially, a wide berth should be made around the nesting areas. Adult birds which fly above the nest emitting distress calls are a sure sign of disturbance and visitors should retreat immediately.

The sensitive breeding period for coastal raptors on Eyre Peninsula, is between July and January for White-Bellied Sea Eagle, and from July to as late as April for Osprey, but breeding pairs remain in the vicinity of the nest year-round, so nest sites should be avoided at all times.

Don't run over the wildlife

Lizards, snakes, kangaroos and birds frequently cross roads in the region. Please keep a lookout and drive carefully. Sleepy lizards in particular are frequently seen crossing roads. They move slowly and can be avoided by slowing down (not swerving erratically).

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